Wine of the Month…

SIÓ NEGRE 2017

BODEGA RIBAS, CONSELL
by Paul Sonderhoff, Wine Expert.

 

If someone asks me to recommend a Mallorcan wine and write something about it, it’s crystal clear which one comes to my mind first: The Sió.

If someone asks me to recommend a Mallorcan wine and write something about it, it’s crystal clear which one comes to my mind first: The Sió.

Born in 2000 as a tribute to the grandmother of the Ribas family, grew up under the tireless care of Araceli and Javier, the youngest of 13 generations of passionate winemakers, and set out to be one of the very few superstars among Mallorca’s red wines today. A classic, after only 20 years. Actually unnecessary to introduce it. I do it anyway, because I love this wine.

Four grape varieties are in there: Around 60 % is Mantonegro, our local hero. A plant, that only reaches its full potential at retirement age. And then supplies black fruit aromas, spice and an earthy, warm note. Terroir. Completed and perfected by the three sovereigns, who always come along, packed with world fame: Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Every single grape is picked and strictly sorted by hand. Of course.

 

 

12 months in well selected french oak barrels. That must be where the chocolate injection happens… or is it cinnamon? Nutmeg? Prunes? Strawberry cheesecake? It’s all that.

All that ends up as a powerful, but very well-balanced caress package for body and soul, underlining a tasty meat dish as well a romantic evening for (wine) lovers. Price: Around 20 €. Available all over the island, wherever people get together to celebrate wine. Until it sells out. 50.000 bottles per year, disappearing faster every time. Currently it’s the 2017 vintage which is about to run out, but no worries, 2018 is coming soon. And it will perform again. Cheers!

 

 

Paul Sonderhoff, originally from Germany with a professional education in wine growing and wine engineering, has a true passion for wines. A glass of this liquid makes his eyes twinkle and heart sing. 10 years ago he arrived on Mallorca and fell in love with the island and decided to never leave again. Now he lives with his Mallorcan family in a country house, produces a small collection of wines, and spend most of his time sharing the true joy of wine. As he has a lot to tell about it, and knows the best wines from the island, he shares with us his recommendations and expertise on the best wines of Mallorca

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